Monthly Archives: December 2017

A Fictional United States circa 2017

Following up on my last post, here are some thoughts on a U.S. set up for one of my stories.

For various reasons, attitudes towards the death penalty in the U.S. and elsewhere in the West are different. It has had continued support and few if any countries have stopped carrying out executions for at least serious murder. Other forms of murder also carry a death penalty in many countries.

Musings on Fiction, Alternate History, and Fantasy

Yes, this is going to be on topic…

When I write, my stories my goal as the writer – and since I write my stories mostly with myself as the only audience, the reader – is to put a protagonist, almost always a first person protagonist, into a situation where they are facing execution. Given the reality of this world, it is difficult for me to set these stories in a real-world setting. (more…)